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Asian Americans more likely to buy guns during pandemic out of fear of racial attacks, says new study

ASIAN AMERICAN FIREARMS
  • A study by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University found that racial discrimination is linked to the increase of firearm ownership among Asian Americans.
  • Those with higher anticipatory racism-related stress are found to have greater intent to buy a gun for self defense.
  • The data, which sampled 916 Asian American adults, looked into the firearm-related risks, firearm and ammunition purchases, along with the measures of racism and discrimination experiences of individuals since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Researchers also found that 55% of those who acquired a firearm during the pandemic were first-time gun owners. More than one-third of the firearm owners carried a gun more frequently while outside of their homes.
  • Around 43% of individuals said that guns on their property were stored loaded, while around 47% said that at least one firearm was stored unlocked.

A study conducted by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University found that Asian Americans who experienced instances of racism during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to purchase firearms for self-defense. 

The researchers found that experiencing racial discrimination is linked to the increase of firearm ownership and that Asian Americans with higher anticipatory racism-related stress are found to have greater intent to buy a gun.

Asian-owned marketing firm snags elite multicultural award for their success amid the pandemic

As COVID-19 stalled businesses of all scales around the world, an Asian-owned advertising firm in Los Angeles not only survived but grew its brand by exploring new approaches to creative enterprise.

By the end of 2021, IW Group managed to produce award-winning campaigns for clients such as McDonald’s and Jack Daniel’s. The company also expanded its reach into new consumer segments.

New research supports Wuhan live animal market as origin of pandemic

Wuhan COVID-19 origin
  • A pair of studies that was released on Saturday is shedding new light on COVID-19’s zoonotic origins.
  • One of the studies mapped the earliest known cases of the disease and zeroed in on a wet market in Wuhan, which has long been reported as the epicenter of the initial COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The other study analyzed SARS-CoV-2’s genomic diversity and determined the occurrences of at least two separate transmissions from animals to humans.
  • The new studies, which were co-authored by a group of international scientists, undermine the lab leak theory, which claims that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a laboratory in Wuhan.

A pair of studies released over the weekend allegedly provides new evidence in support of the theory that COVID-19 originated in a wet market in Wuhan, China, in late 2019.

The studies, which have yet to be peer-reviewed or published in any scientific journals, were co-authored by scientists from the U.S., the U.K., South Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Canada, Belgium and Australia, as per The Guardian.